SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a GOD OF JUDGMENT [JEHOVAH EL MISHPAT]: blessed are all they that wait for him. Psalms 89:14 Justice and Judgment [MISHPAT] are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
THOUGHT: Justice and judgment are the habitation (meaning the foundation) of God’s throne, which is established from everlasting (see Psalm 89:14 & Psalm 93:2). This means that God is not ‘making things up as we go along’. His way is established and therefore His justice and judgment concerning matters is already established. Your ways are not like God’s ways (see Isaiah 55:8-9). Your decisions are made without perfect knowledge of the past, the present and the future. Sometimes your judgments work out for the good and other times they do not work out very well.
With eternal wisdom, knowledge and understanding, THE LORD GOD OF JUSTICE AND JUDGMENT has made determinations and given you instructions about how you should live among others and before Him. Throughout the Old Testament these instructions about how to live are called ‘judgments’ [MISHPAT], and are also referred to as ‘your manner of doing things’, ‘doing right’ or ‘keeping the law’. During periods of apostacy (falling away from God) the people are spoken of as ‘despising God’s way of thinking’ or ‘despising His judgments’. History is clear that it does not work out well for those who reject God’s ways and judgments [MISHPAT]. Since God has all wisdom, knowledge and understanding it is wise for you to learn His ways and seek Him for guidance in making decisions that affect your live and the lives of others.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, JEHOVAH EL MISHPAT – LORD GOD OF JUSTICE AND JUDGMENT: Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN! (See these Scripture prayer references at: Job 6:24; Psalm 143:10; Psalm 119:135; Psalm 119:108; Psalm 119:66; Psalm 86:11; Psalm 25:5)
ADDITIONAL READING: Isaiah 55:1-11